Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Elijah's role in the story?

2. What can the men do to Spunk in Chapter 2?

3. Which character is described as a giant, brown-skinned man?

4. Where is Spunk cut in Chapter 2?

5. Why do Walter and Elijah admire Spunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

2. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

3. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

4. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

5. From whose perspective is Chapter 3 told?

6. What is Spunk's reaction immediately following Joe's death? How is it different from Lena's reaction?

7. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

8. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

9. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

10. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the concept of a tragic hero (or heroine). Describe one character in Hurston's book that you think can be described as a tragic hero, and explain what makes them fit the description. Why does Hurston decide to include this particular character in the book? What does he or she represent?

Essay Topic 2

How is Hurston's story ultimately resolved? Do you think the plot was adequately resolved? In your opinion, what could have been added (or removed) to make it more meaningful?

Essay Topic 3

The title of Hurston's work, "Spunk," seems straightforward, yet it indicates a particular significance about one character. In your opinion, why does Hurston choose this particular title? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

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